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New law requires Michigan voters to affirm US citizenship

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Voters must declare they are qualified to vote before getting a ballot under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Republican governor signed legislation Friday containing that requirement and other election law changes.

Representatives for Snyder and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson say the leaders worked out concerns that led to his veto of similar legislation this summer. The new law doesn't include a citizen check-off box on ballot applications, which had been barred by a federal judge in the November election.

The law requires voters to sign a statement affirming their citizenship, address and birthdate. Absentee ballot applications will say voters must be a U.S. citizen.

The bill also requires photo identification for those registering to vote. Those without ID could sign an affidavit and register.

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting.
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